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Astronomy at Lycoming College, Williamsport, PA

This blog contains direct quotes from websites as of 2023. Programs and policies do change, at colleges, from time to time, so please check with the colleges directly to receive any updates. These are not, necessarily, the biggest, best, or most popular programs at the college, but they are the ones that just “caught my eye” as unique, special, interesting, or just plain awesome. They are randomly listed in the blog section of this website. Enjoy!

From the Lycoming College website, 2023: “If you are interested in learning the mysteries of the cosmos, then a major in astronomy might be for you. Classes at Lycoming are small enough to give all students an opportunity to receive individualized attention, and allow students (even first-year students) access to scientific equipment in their areas of interest. Lycoming astronomy majors are trained in the field of planetarium education, which may serve as a basis for state certification as a secondary school teacher of general science. Other astronomy students pursue careers in aerospace, research observatories, and museums, or become analysts, atmospheric physicists, or computer system analysts.

“Student Opportunities:

*Gain outreach and teaching experience by putting on planetarium shows for the surrounding community in our new Detwiler Planetarium.

*Become a tutor or a laboratory assistant to gain experience in education.

*Utilize state-of-the-art equipment like a scanning electron microscope to conduct research.

*Participate in on-campus summer research and publish scholarly articles with faculty.

*Discover more about astrophysics and combustion by doing research in our nonlinear and complex systems research laboratory.

*Pursue a competitive internship or research opportunity with NASA, the National Science Foundation, and bigger universities.

“Why Lycoming?

*The new Lynn Science Center boasts brand new, state-of-the-art classrooms, laboratories, and the Detwiler Planetarium.

*Students have access to a wide inventory of advanced research equipment as early as their first year.

*All astronomy majors will have the chance to conduct independent research under the mentorship of faculty.

*All classes and labs are taught by professionals with the highest degrees in their field and offer low student-to-faculty ratios.

*Lycoming College ranked 27th on’s Top 50 Best Physical Science Degrees for its unique program features, including internship opportunities, labs and facilities available for students, and student-faculty research opportunities.

“Visit the Lycoming College campus to unravel the mysteries of the universe in the Lynn Science Center’s Detwiler Planetarium. Featuring a 35-foot-wide dome and a state-of-the-art digital projection system, Detwiler Planetarium enables Lycoming College students and the greater Williamsport area to recreate the night sky and astronomical bodies in a comfortable learning environment.

“Cutting-edge technology allows visitors and students to explore the boundaries of the universe and the depths of the earth in stunning high definition detail. Here, students gain outreach and teaching experience while working with the technology that goes into planetarium showings.

“In addition to serving faculty and students, Detwiler Planetarium is available to the greater Williamsport community as an aid in astronomical studies in the classroom and for multimedia presentations.”

Lycoming is one of the featured colleges in my new book (click on image for additional information):

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